Boys & Girls Club celebrates Dr. Seuss' birthday with books and cake

The "Cat in the Hat," made an appearance at the Boys and Girls Club of Kingman on Monday.

The club celebrated the birthday of Dr.

Seuss, the author of "Green Eggs and Ham" and "The Cat In the Hat," with a story hour and a party.

"We are celebrating Dr.

Suess's birthday by reading some of his books," said new club director Noreen Frisch.

"It is a chance to get kids interested in reading, and other people involved in reading to them."

Frisch said volunteers from literacy groups and other organizations enjoy reading "The Cat In the Hat" and other Dr.

Seuss books as much as the students enjoy listening.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, and the recipient of three Academy Awards, Theodor Geisel, aka Dr.

Seuss, has inspired four generations of youngsters to read, according to information from the National Education Association.

Born March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Mass., Geisel authored and illustrated 44 children's books using rhyming words to tell stories.

He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1925 and went to Oxford University, intending to acquire a doctorate in literature.

But he met and married Helen Palmer and returned to America later that year, where he published cartoons and humorous articles for some of the leading publications of that time.

He developed the idea for his first children's book in 1936 while on a vacation cruise.

The rhythm of the ship's engine drove the cadence to "And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street."

During World War 11 he joined the Army and was sent to Hollywood, where he wrote documentaries for the military and created Gerald McBoing-Boing, a cartoon that won him an Oscar.

In 1954, a report on illiteracy among schoolchildren stated they were having trouble reading because books they read were boring.

It prompted Geisel's publisher to send him a list of 400 words he thought were important for children to learn.

Geisel used 220 of the words to write "The Cat in the Hat," which brought him instant success.


Seuss died on Sept.

24, 1991.

The story hour is part of the Read Across America event sponsored by the National Education Association.

The Boys and Girls Club of Kingman is at 301 N.

First St.

For more information about the program or the club, call 718-0033.